No joke: Univision buys The Onion
The parent company of Univision has taken a controlling stake in satirical site The Onion, according to an NPR scoop posted Tuesday morning. The 40% stake will also give Univision Communications a controlling interest in the AV Club, Clickhole, and other projects.
‘Fail Whale’ returns amid international Twitter outage
Twitter went down in markets including the UK, Switzerland, and Bangkok for about two hours on Tuesday morning. Users took to Facebook and Instagram to complain. Error messages said the platform was "suffering an internal error."
Tennis authorities deny widespread match-fixing
In response to a year-long investigation by the BBC and BuzzFeed, tennis authorities are denying match-fixing is common in the sport. The news outlets cited a cache of documents saying major tennis stars have been flagged for match-fixing concerns, but continued to play.
Academy president addresses diversity dearth
Cheryl Boone Isaacs penned a 190-word letter on Monday saying she is "heartbroken and frustrated" over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are among the entertainers planning to boycott this year’s ceremony.
Major international auto recall
French carmaker Renault is recalling 15,000 vehicles to fix their emissions control systems. The French government has accused the company of selling models that exceeded emissions limits, saying its cars disperse more emissions in real-world conditions than during testing.
World’s elite flock to Davos
High-profile business leaders are flying to the Swiss Alps for the start of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. Big topics will include growing income inequality around the world and simmering tensions about how to best confront the Islamic State and North Korea.
Campaign trail roundup
Vox: 3 winners and 2 losers from Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate; USA Today: Clinton media campaign follows BuzzFeed model; ABC News: Donald Trump mistakes Biblical citation at Liberty University event; NYT: Boots? Marco Rubio wants to talk guns and football; WaPo: Obama faces growing outrage over deportation sweeps.